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A Martial Arts Parent

One of my friends asked "Why do you pay so much money and spend so much time running around for your child to do Martial Arts ?" Well I have a confession to make: I don't pay for my child's martial arts lessons. Or their boxing gloves, sparring gear & uniforms. Or the gradings.

So, if I am not paying for martial arts, what am I paying for?

- I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they feel like quitting but don't.. 
- I pay for the opportunity that they can have and will have to make life-long friendships. 
- I pay for the chance that they may have amazing instructors that will teach them that martial arts is not just about movement but about life.
- I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined. 
- I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body. 
- I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be a proud , supportive, kind and respectful team member.
- I pay for them to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don't get that stripe they hoped for, or fell during a move they practiced a thousand times, but still get up and are determined to do their BEST next time...
- I pay for them to learn to make and accomplish goals. 
- I pay for them to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create a black belt or a champion, and that success does not happen overnight. 
- I pay so that my children can be on the mats instead of in front of a screen...

I could go on but, to be short, I don't pay for martial arts; I pay for the opportunities that martial arts provides my child to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their life and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others.

From what I have seen for many, many years, I think it is a great investment!

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Team up

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Training at Premier BJJ, the ultimate goal is to make it to Black Belt. Black Belt means you are now a serious student and the real learning begins.

For most adults a BJJ Black Belt takes about 7 to 10 years of consistent training, kids will be considerably longer. That can be a long time and obstacles, roadblocks, and challenges are likely to pop up. So when this happens should we throw in the towel and quit? NO WAY!

For juniors there can be temporary periods when their interest and motivation dips. This can happen for a number of reasons. Their progress might be off track because they were sick or on holiday. They may be discouraged because one of their friends earned a stripe and they didn’t.

This is a chance for us to team up and strengthen their character. Quitting can become a habit no one wins when a child gives up on a goal or themselves. So the next step is to work together to find out what the issue is and team up to fix it. When obstacles pop up, communication between the parents and instructors should be the next step!

For adults the challenges could be an injury, a busy work schedule, or stinkin' thinkin' which can lead to hardening of the attitude. Again, this is time to increase the communication. We are confident that when we put our heads together we can come up with a solution and keep you on the climb towards Black Belt!

Tony Robbins says, “There is always a way if you are committed.”

Thank you for trusting Premier with your development, we wont let you down.

Balance of a Martial Artist

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The ideal martial arts instructors are always where they are supposed to be, when they are supposed to be there, physically, mentally, and emotionally. They are not irrational or imbalanced, regardless of personal circumstances, are able to lead by example with the qualities of a champion. This is something we should all be continually striving for on our journeys.

Balance is a critical piece of this puzzle. In order to be an outstanding Martial Artist, one must have a good sense of balance. If you lose your balance in a fight, you could easily lose the fight. The keys to maintaining your emotional balance are to stay calm, centered and focused even when faced with extreme difficulty at hand. The parallel human quality to balance is rationality. To be rational means to think logically and clearly without emotion.

You can always find a reason to be irrational or emotional....especially if you are looking for one. Have you ever known someone that is easily offended...someone that practically looks for reasons to get upset? I thought so. Me too.

How about someone that can remain calm in a chaotic situation or rarely takes personal offense to anything...? Someone that gives others the benefit of the doubt and does not take things personal or with poor emotion? Yeah. Me too.

So today's question is... Which person are you? Which person do you want to be? How can you channel your inner champion by remaining calm in an otherwise challenging spot?